EU-China Business & Technology Cooperation Fair XIII Successfully Held in Chengdu

September 18-24, 2018 – The EU-China Business & Technology Cooperation Fair XIII has been successfully held in Chengdu. The Event was organized with the significant support of Government Officials from the China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC) and Chengdu Municipal People’s Government, the EU Commission –DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, the European Union Delegation to China, Embassies and Consulates of several European Members’ States in China, official partners and institutions from European Members’ States.

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The 13th edition of the EU-China Business & Technology Cooperation Fair was attended by 228 European representatives from governments, institutions and enterprises, flying to Chengdu from 25 European Countries, of which 16 EU Member States; more than 700 enterprises’ delegates from all over China joined the Event, as well as national and foreign media representatives.

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The ECBTF has proposed this year12 specialized sessions, among them: the “EU-China New Economy Development” forum, the “Roundtable on Sino-European Cooperation for Convention and Exhibition Industry”, the “Green Economy Seminar”, the “Europe Day for Investment: Invest in Poland”, the “Europe Day for Tourism & Culture: Visit Europe”. The B2B matchmaking meetings had of course their traditional central space in the event, as booster for direct business opportunities and projects’ cooperation.

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This edition of ECBTF was distinctively brightened by the presence and support of Ms. El?bieta Bieńkowska, the EU Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs -at her very first visit to China- and her Cabinet. Regional industry cooperation and SMEs partnership on innovation between Europe and China were among the main topics raised during her visit to the Business & Innovation Centre for China-Europe Cooperation (CCEC), the new comprehensive business and innovation platform implemented by EUPIC in Chengdu. The CCEC - aiming to facilitate and accelerate the business and innovation exchanges among companies, organizations and research centres from Europe and China and to provide systematic services for European SMEs and institutions to explore business opportunities in China - has been defined by Ms. Bieńkowska “first-class one-stop shop to support European companies doing business in China”.

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The EU-China Business and Technology Cooperation Fair has been held for 13 editions, with an overall attendance of over 3,960 European enterprises, international organizations, governmental authorities, universities and research institutions as well as more than 7,480 Chinese counterparts. A total of 27,460 B2B matchmaking meetings have been held and 2,939 successful cooperation agreements between European and Chinese delegates were reached so far.

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It has become a significant event for development of China relations for most of the EU member states and represents the largest platform for investment, trade and technological cooperation between the European Union and?China, fostering also successful cases of local governmental cooperation (new direct flights launching, twin city relations, new schools co-building, of consulates’ establishment, etc.)